The combination of flute, clarinet and harp is rarely encountered in composer’s work-lists, but on playing this finely performed and well recorded new disc, I can only commend this ensemble to any composer anxious to expand their creative imagination.
Music-lovers, especially those attracted to music of unforced genuine lyricism – such as distinguishes each of the works on this disc – should also explore the sylvan qualities of such an instrumental combination. Might one suggest that the master pieces by Debussy and Arnold Bax for flute, viola and harp should also transcribe well for this ensemble, especially when played with such musicianship and care and attention to detail as the Korros players exhibit here? Howard Blake’s Penillion, which I had not previously encountered, is a nine-minutes, single movement masterwork – superbly imagined and very well carried off by composer and his gifted interpreters. An enchanting disc.